Reactions to Barbara Bush’s passing

Posts, reactions, and tributes to the death of former First Lady Barbara Bush.

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Presidential historian Michael Beschloss 

Former President Bill Clinton

Former President Barack Obama and Former First Lady Michelle Obama

We’ll always be grateful to Mrs. Bush for the generosity she showed to us throughout our time in the White House, but we’re even more grateful for the way she lived her life — as a testament to the fact that public service is an important and noble calling; as an example of the humility and decency that reflects the very best of the American spirit.

She’ll be remembered for passing those American values on to her children, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren — and to the countless citizens whom she and George inspired to become ‘points of light’ in service to others.

Business Council of Alabama CEO Billy Canary, who worked in the White House under President George H.W. Bush.

I was blessed to have known this beautiful person. From the many campaigns, the opportunity given to me to work in the White House for the President, my duties in coordinating their First Families activities during the Inaugural and the many times we visited over the years. I”ll never forget the encouraging presence she was in the West Wing.

I had tremendous respect and love for Barbara Bush incredible class and grace and a remarkable sense of humor. She was a beautiful light that will shine in the lives of all she touched. I know we will all grieve over this loss as will our Nation and her family. I am praying for her family as we mourn her death and celebrate her memory.

ALGOP Chairman Terry Lathan, who interacted with Mrs. Bush as part of her work with the Republican National Committee

A shining light to all who knew her, Mrs. Bush will be deeply missed. Her great American and family legacy she leaves behind is a true testament of a lifetime filled with grace, strength and a strong love for our country. Our hearts and prayers are with the former first family during this time. Barbara Bush was a true American patriot, matriarch and role model for our nation.


Gov. Kay Ivey

“I am saddened to hear about the death of former First Lady Barbara Bush. She was a dynamic Republican woman, as First Lady she lead an effort to increase family literacy, an issue she championed to this day. She was matriarch of the Bush family, that produced governors and a president. Her life is a shining example of how strong women can serve their country and help improve the lives of all Americans. My thoughts and prayers are with the Bush family and all of America tonight.”

Sen. Richard Shelby

Rep. Martha Roby

Rep. Bradley Byrne

Rep. Robert Aderholt

Rep. Mike Rogers

Rep. Terri Sewell 

Rep. Mo Brooks